Thursday, 2 May 2013
Blood Pool by J. E. Ryder
Blood Pool is an excellent thriller with so many twists and turns to the plot I wasn't sure who the good guys were until the author told me right at the end.
Sam Shelley inherits her husband's family boatyard when his body is discovered on the beach. The locals aren't happy as the Shelley empire, such as it is, traditionally falls to the next male heir but, since none have been traced, Sam is left to run things. When another body turns up on the beach, its face a bloody mess, and Madge, the wife of Sam's close friend Professor Jonas Weal, turns up at the boatyard office saying he urgently needs to see Sam, things start to get out of hand and Sam doesn't know whom to trust anymore. There is a touch of romance between Sam and Mik Portillus, one of the hands at the boatyard, but is Mik all he seems?
This tale is really well written, complex and intriguing. From the start the pace and descriptive writing made it feel as if I was living it all with Sam, almost like watching a movie pan out. The author has done a fabulous job with the background characters as well, giving them depth and personalities which make them just as real and believable as the main ones.
The only criticism I have was when the story led the characters to Spain, it all seemed a bit pointless to the plot but it was a very small part of what is an excellent and absorbing story and I thought it was very good.
Posted by A Woman's Wisdom at Thursday, May 02, 2013